What It Really Means If You Always See 11:11 On The Clock (And Why People Post It To Social Media)

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11:11 meaning

Make a wish.

When I was in high school, the whole world seemed to stop when the clock said 11:11. 

No matter where we were — blasting music in the car on a way to a party or in a deep discussion at a sleepover about the cute boy in third period — when the clocked ticked to that magical time, we put our lives on hold to make a wish on 11:11. 

Sometimes I'd wish for nothing, too caught off guard to make a decision. Most times I'd wish for typical teenage things: no homework in science class and likes on my new MySpace profile pic. 

I can't say for sure if making a wish at 11:11 ever did anything, but in some weird way it made us feel like we had a little bit of control over a time in our lives that was almost always chaotic. It's nice to think that you can just wish something into reality. 

Wishing on 11:11 wasn't a lesson I learned in the cafeteria or something I ever had to Google the meaning of. Somehow I just turned 13 and knew. But now I'm 25, and I kind of need to know -- what is 11:11 and why is it so important? 

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Urban Dictionary by far as the best definitions about what it means. One truthfully reads:

"A time of the day when snapchatters annoyingly send you the same snapchat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. A black screen (mostly) with the time "11:11" signifying that they like somebody/are dating somebody and want the whole world to know, though in reality nobody cares."

For those who do believe in the power of the 11:11 wish, there are apparently some more rules to it than I thought. 

Here are the rules for making a wish: "If you look at a clock at exactly 11:11, and have not checked the time since before 11:00, then you can make a wish. Once your wish is made, look away from the clock immediately. Your wish will not come true if you see the time change to 11:12. The next time you look at a clock it should read 11:13. If you miss 11:13, your wish will not come true."

That sounds difficult. 

While Urban Dictionary has the most entertaining answers, I roamed the internet for answers, and found these four other explanations and deeper meaning of why you see 11:11 on the clock all the time (and why people post it on Facebook, Instagram and every other social media site when they do):

1. You might be a lightworker or an earth angel. 

Seeing 11:11 on a clock isn't as random as you might think. According to the ladies at AstroStyle, seeing the number serves as a wakeup call or a reminder that you're a lightworker. 

The purpose of a lightworker is basically to contain as much light for the planet as possible by raising the frequency levels of love and togetherness on Earth. So if you're feeling hella neggy, and you randomly look at the close to see 11:11, it could be a nudge cool your 'tude and be positive. 

Also, the number could serve as a message from angels telling you you're an "angel on earth," which has the same responsibilities as lightworkers.  

Doreen Virtue calls the number an "energetic gateway" that helps you manifest your thoughts into reality in her book "Angel Numbers 101."

"Choose your thoughts wisely at this time, ensuring that they match your desires.” 

Many astrologists believe 11:11 is a powerful number, one that affects all zodiac signs, no matter the time of year. 

This makes a lot of sense about where the idea of wishing on 11:11 came from. So if you catch the number on the clock, start thinking about that new car or vacation you want, like ASAP. 

2. You're connecting with the oneness of the world. 

Similar to what you're being told to spread as a lightworker, some people believe that seeing randomly seeing 11:11 is a sign of synchronicity or coincidental events that seem related but are not always explained. Like that time I wanted ice cream and an ice cream truck just happened to drive by.

Boom; magic. 

Seeing 11:11 in this sense means you're in synchronicity with the rest of the world. You can use it as a moment to be present and to recognize that we're all in this together. 

3. There might be a ghost present. 

Some people believe that seeing 11:11 is a sign that there is a spirit with you. And some people — like George Barnard — have claimed to see a spirit at 11:11. 

In his book, Barnard calls the spirits "midway creatures,' and get this: there are only 1,111 of them. 

They're supposed to help serve the planet behind the scenes and through human beings. According to our boy Barnard, he's the only person to ever actually see them and work with them for four decades. 

Besides Barnard, people have posted their stories about seeing ghosts at 11:11. 

"I was waken by a loud scratching noise. I thought nothing of it and looked out the window to see the tree. It was still, no wind. It sounded like crumpling paper and deep breathing coming from right above me. Frozen in fear, I now had to think fast. I rushed to the door, despite my brother, and flicked on the lights. A black shadow in the shape of a torso and head, the rest blurred, was right over where I was sleeping. Scared, I cursed it and yelled for it to leave. I prayed as hard as I could to God to make it leave."

Thanks, but no thanks 11:11. 

4. Or it's just an easy pattern for our brains to recognize. 

When everyone when crazy over 11:11 on November 11th, 2011 (or 11-11-11), Wake Forest University Physicist Eric Carlson told CNN that our brains are naturally inclined to look for patterns. And because we're in the digital age and numbers are a huge part of our lives, we're more prone to look for them. 

"These patterns stick in our minds," Carlson said. "But I don't think there is any mystical significance to it."